I’ve been struggling about how to introduce myself. Because whenever I think about it, it goes to another much deeper question: How do you define yourself?
Where do I come from. What do I do. What matters to me. What do I want in my life.
These aren’t easy to answer. But I will try my best.
Asian. Female. I was born in a small city and my family moved to a more modern, progressive and international city. I am forever grateful for their decision. There was identity crisis at a young age. I am not always proud of my country. Being an immigrant, my family lived in poverty, discriminated, treated unfairly and unfriendly. So I always had a mixed feeling about the city I grow up. It made me and my younger brother grew quickly.
Growing up I am always interested in History. Literature. Art. People. I love to read. I could spend hours and hours in a library or book store (usually where my parents left me unattended) reading every book I could get. I love stories and novels, big thick novels. I love poems too, especially ancient ones because it’s more fun to interpret them. For a long time I thought I would become a writer until I found out it doesn’t pay well and I need money.
I loved drawing too. Loved art classes in school. I was the art director for my school magazine. I think any form of expression of one self is fascinating. Music, dancing, singing.. it’s all about art. After I went to college, I picked something more practical, but I never ignore my creativity.
I’ve been through many different jobs in the last 10 years. Mostly different form of communication to talk to people, to share ideas, to tell a story, to generate interest, desire and demand. At work, I like CHALLENGES. I like NEWNESS. I like CHANGES. But I don’t like to do it for the sake of change or being new. I think communicating an idea is both an art and science. Engagement is key. Data is essential. Sales is a result but not the goal.
Passion. Love. Value. Humanity matters to me. Follow your heart. Choose what and who you love. Always choose them. Do the right thing. Make a difference. Make a mark in the world.
What do I want to do with my life. All of the above. And I am still in this journey.